BB and Alex farewell Aotearoa concert

Saturday 24 April 2021

BB and Alex are heading back to the United States of Bluegrass, and on Saturday 24 April, the night before they jump on the plane, they are treating us to a farewell Aotearoa concert at the Auckland Bluegrass Club.

They’ve been using their Aotearoa break to work up some new material and we are going to experience exciting, top shelf American style folk and bluegrass music. You’ll recognise the classics and be enchanted with their take on pieces borrowed from other genres.

BB’s band, Mile Twelve, have earned recognition with numerous International Bluegrass Music Association awards, and her talent and hard work earned her the 2015 Freshgrass Banjo contest and the Steve Martin Banjo Prize in 2020.

BB (real name Catherine Bowness) is Kiwi, and after becoming New Zealand School of Music’s first banjo student and graduate, she to America in 2012 to make a career in music. Meanwhile, Alex Rubin grew up learning the guitar in Boston, absorbing his father’s love of traditional American folk and bluegrass music. They will be returning together to Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Alex has toured extensively both at home and internationally, including performances in 49 states and a number of countries including Canada, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Estonia, Australia and New Zealand.

It’s going to be a great show and you’ll supporting some real talent as they leave to begin the task to re-establishing musical careers put on hold by Covid.

BB and Alex farewell concert
Auckland Bluegrass Club
Cityside Church, 8 Mt Eden Road
24th April 2021 7:30pm
Reserve tickets at Under the Radar or cash at the door $20.

This is a 2-set concert with no warm up acts.

Spellbinding trio: Shindig

Wed 14 April 2021 7:30 pm

Shindig gave a spellbinding performance on the main stage at Kiwigrass 2021

Shindig present stonking new takes on old-time folk, blues and country tunes from the American tradition. Inspired by the unvarnished sound of early folk heroes they are not afraid to whoop and holler. They’ll also bury any remaining prejudices about dungarees and unsightly nose hair as they move this music into the 21st century where we can enjoy the energy and musicianship.

The locomotive claw hammer banjo and vocals of David Ward (Wheel Of Experience) provides a handy launching pad for the rocket propelled fiddle of Dave Khan (Marlon Williams, Reb Fountain). Eamon Edmundson-Wells (Ruckus) on bass underpins the whole thing with a rhythmic groove that would have been the envy of any band on an Appalachian Saturday night.

Forget what you thought you knew about claw hammer, this is top stuff from professional musicians. You are in for a unique and strangely mesmerising experience.

Shindig Trio
Wed 14 April 2021 7:30 pm
Cityside, 8 Mt Eden Road, Auckland

Door sales $15 cash

Floor performers first half. BYO venue- take your empties and debris. Best parking is Burleigh St, or pay and display at the corner of Mt Eden Road and New North Road. Disabled access available, please advise.

Auckland Bluegrass Club night @level 2

Wed 10 March 2021 7:30 pm

You can sit on your couch at home with potato chip crumbs down your front just like you did in lockdown. Or, you can brush off the evidence, get off your chuff and make your way to Cityside and again sit on a couch, but this time with live acoustic music.

This Wednesday it will be an informal level 2 affair, and you’ll need to sign in with a QR code or on paper, and keep the big hugs under control. You know the kind of thing.

It will be a friendly, pleasant musical evening among friends.

Auckland Bluegrass Club
Club night of floor performers
Wed 10 March 2021 7:30 pm Admission $10 at the door.
Cityside, 8 Mount Eden Road, Grafton, Auckland 1023

BYO venue- take your empties and debris. Best parking is Burleigh St, or pay and display at the corner of Mt Eden Road and New North Road. Disabled access available, please advise.

You, Me, Everybody (YME) Southern Sky album tour

Wed 10 February 2021 7:30 pm

Where will the Rhodes brothers supersonic picking go next? The answer will be right in front of us, as they unite with some of New Zealand’s top musical talent and You, Me, Everybody (YME) embark on their Southern Sky album tour. 

The album will be released on 29 January (Auckland Folk Festival) and is a Tui Finalist, and we are the first date on the tour schedule straight after Kiwigrass.  

Ron Barber of The Hook, calls this a virtuoso ensemble, and it is an apt label, as Nat Torkington’s banjo licks sync perfectly with the extraordinary mandolin and guitar of Sam and Laurence Frangos-Rhodes. Meanwhile, James Geluk underpins the sound with spider-like fingers and bass technique that occupies its own higher plane.

On top of all that, Kim Bonnington says she comes to the band with a heart of pure country, and her vocal flair provides a contrast, warmth and harmony that completes the unique line-up.

Don’t miss their Auckland two-set concert at the Auckland Bluegrass Club.

You, Me, Everybody (YME) Southern Sky album tour
Two-set concert: 10 February 2021 7:30 pm
Cityside, 8 Mt Eden Road, Auckland
Tickets at Under the Radar $20+BF

Venue is BYO – take your debris. Best parking is Burleigh St, or pay and display at the corner of Mt Eden Road and New North Road. Disabled access available, please advise.

Kiwigrass 2021

5-7 Feb 2021 @ Karapiro

All the early indications are that this is promising to be a great festival, with this year the focus will be Kiwi-grass. Head over to the Kiwigrass website for more information and a list of the guest artists which this year include old time and bluegrass adjacent genres.

Kiwigrass tickets are the ideal Christmas present. Tell your family now before they get you a rice cooker.

Camp Kiwigrass

Camp Kiwigrass on the Wednesday and Thursday before the main festival will be a unique opportunity to immerse yourself among pickers who will help you expand your musical horizons.

Expect impromptu sharing of knowledge, lots of jam sessions, a band scramble competition with fabulous prizes, and many opportunities to perform.